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Texas A&M gets trophy, rings before season-opening win

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Tyra White scored 13 points and Danielle Gant added 12 as No. 10 Texas A&M defeated Mercer 73-45 in both teams' season opener Friday night.

The Aggies, who received their Big 12 tournament champion and NCAA regional final rings before the game, led 20-2 eight minutes in. They were up 41-15 at halftime thanks to nine points from forward Tanisha Smith, a junior-college transfer.

Texas A&M outrebounded undersized Mercer 45-32. The Bears had 29 turnovers and the Aggies 22 in the sloppy opener. Texas A&M guard Sydney Colson played eight minutes only four months after major surgery on her right knee. The Bears, who were 4-26 last season, were led by Natasha Doh's 15 points.